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May 8, 2023

We are currently advising and working on a number of Management Buy Out (MBO) deals and indeed in the last few weeks have just completed our most recent deal where we undertook the corporate finance work and arranged the debt finance for a multi-million-pound MBO.  I therefore thought it would…

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Trump – The Art of The Deal Book Review

May 8, 2023

A controversial book choice this month! Love him or loath him, but you just can’t ignore Donald J Trump, the former US President.  However, many years ago, back in 1987, he published what has been cited as one of the most successful business books of all time. This is long…

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Book Review – ‘We can all make it’ by Sara Davies

Apr 4, 2023

This months book review is ‘We can all make it’ by Sara Davies. I saw Sara speak at the Entrepreneurs Conference last year. If I am honest, I didn’t really know a lot about her apart from being heavily into crafting and owning a crafting business, being on Strictly Come…

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SME Markets


Mar 31, 2023

This article is based on data provided by the recent British Business Bank SME Finance Markets Review 2022, together with our knowledge and understanding of the market and the changes we have seen. It shows both from the data and our experience that more and more business finance for SMEs is…

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SEIS/EIS Schemes and Recent Updates

Feb 28, 2023

If you are looking to raise equity investment in your business, knowing about the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Schemes are a must. These are HMRC approved schemes that allow individuals to invest in early stage or established businesses and obtain attractive tax breaks. The…

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Can’t Hurt Me – Book Review

Feb 28, 2023

This months book review is ‘Can’t Hurt Me… Master your mind and defy the odds’ by David Goggins.  Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and the only member of the US Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.  He is also…

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Planning for your Business

Jan 31, 2023

FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL!  You cannot fail to miss all the articles online and in the papers and magazines since 1st January about losing weight, getting fit and exercising, and having this as part of a plan and programme for the year.   New Year Resolution I have deliberately…

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Messy By Tim Harford

Jan 31, 2023

Tim Harford is bestselling author, an award winning journalist for the FT and economist. His book ‘Messy’ broaches a controversial argument, order and tidiness are overrated, a concentration on neatness can be a barrier to achieving success, and that everyone should embrace a little disorder.   He uses examples from all…

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Current Funding (Debt and Equity) Markets

Jan 4, 2023

It will be of no surprise that when there is turmoil in the economy and markets, with high inflation, higher interest rates and pressures on consumer spending as well as a cost of living crisis, that the funding markets start to consider this in their appetite for funding businesses.  At…

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